No one was safe on CWL Anaheim Saturday.
From Fnatic to FaZe, many of the scene’s biggest stars lost their place in the Anaheim competition before Championship Sunday.
Here’s a rundown of all the teams eliminated from the Championship Bracket on the second day of CWL Anaheim.
FaZe Clan 13th – 16th
EnVyUs had a terrible weekend in Anaheim. FaZe weren’t quite so poor but were barely better as they endured a tournament where they looked to be going through the motions from the very start of play. Their tournament was finally laid to rest at the hands of Cloud9, an opponent that would have been routine for FaZe only a short while ago. A weekend to forget before the roster calls time on their years of success.
Fnatic 13th – 16th
A poor performance in their Pool meant top 16 was about as much as Fnatic could really hope for in Anaheim. If not for the hapless performance of Mindfreak, things could have been even worse and a routine win over Str8 Rippin helped paper over the cracks of an otherwise disappointing tournament. Fnatic can however rest their hat on qualification for Stage Two, achieved the day before Anaheim, while their top 16 finish is largely reflection of their current standing among the world elite.
Elevate 13th – 16th
Parallels can be drawn between Elevate and Fnatic, both of which shared a top 16 placing. Elevate had a modest weekend en route to a top 16 finish – a result that was reflective of both Elevate’s efforts this weekend and their general standing. Elevate remain in a danger zone between the world’s best teams and the rest of the pack. A defeat against Rise Nation felt all but inevitable before the two teams even fired their first bullet. All in all, I think Elevate would be relatively content with their finish, having never really got out of first gear.
Fury Gaming 13th – 16th
The Fury friends were assembled by former Call of Duty Championship runner up, Remy, and impressed with a solid performance in Anaheim. For many of the roster, breaking into the Championship Bracket was a whole new experience and a decent performance in their Pool gave them a guaranteed top 16 coming into the bracket. Unfortunately, they were to face off against Team Kaliber, who’re currently enjoying a season defining run through the Loser Bracket. There Fury’s adventure was to come to an end, losing 3-1.
Str8 Rippin – 17th – 20th
A reasonable debut tournament for Str8 Ripping saw them land top 20 after fighting their way through the Loser Bracket. Str8 swept eRa Gaming in straight games to earn a fixture against the highly accomplished Fnatic. Str8 Rippin did manage a single map in their final series but fell short at the hands of the CWL Birmingham 3rd place finishers.
Allegiance – 17th – 20th
On paper, Allegiance can count themselves rather unlucky with their Loser Bracket draw. After claiming the scalp of EnVyUs – which wasn’t a unique achievement in Anaheim – Allegiance then had to face off against Cloud9. They did manage to take their opponents to the brink but a fifth map was enough to see Cloud9 through to the final 16 and leave Allegiance with a top 20 placing to their name.
Rogue – 17th – 20th
Rogue cruised through the Open Bracket but got something of a rude awakening in the Pools when they faced off against the likes of Epsilon and Luminosity. With a record of 1-3, beating only the tragic EnVyUs, Rogue advanced to Loser Bracket Round 2. There they faced Team Kaliber, a team who were picking up momentum and were quickly downed by their opposition 3-1.
Mindfreak 17th – 20th
Surprisingly, a top 20 finish is more than most would have expected from the lackluster Australians who were miles off the pace in Anaheim. Mindfreak turned in one of the worst pool play performances ever to finish with a 0-12 record after four series. From there, Mindfreak entered the Loser Bracket in Round 1, where they finally managed a win. The brief run lasted just one series and Elevate eliminated the Sydney Open Champions in a five game affair.
EnVyUs – 21st – 24th
The shock of LB1 and Anaheim in general, amidst rumors that the time is up for the World Champions, is a sorry way for EnVyUs to bow out. In Pools they managed a single victory which wasn’t enough to elevate them from the foot of the table. This poor form continued into their series against Allegiance and although they managed to force a game five, couldn’t go the distance. EnVyUs’ top 24 finish is the lowest in the organization’s history on Call of Duty.
Lethal Gaming 21st – 24th
Lethal carved a tough path through the Open Bracket to earn a spot in Pools, with victories over Flare, eRa Eternity and Pnda to earn a place in the promise land. Lethal Gaming looked anything but lethal in the Pro Pools, however, winning a meagre one map in four series. Their reward for their turn in fortunes was a Loser Bracket Round 1 showdown with Team Kaliber – a team whose fortunes seem to be on the up. Lethal were defeated 3-1.
Vitality 21st – 24th
The European foursome took two attempts to qualify for the Championship Bracket and did so via a 3-2 series against Flare after Rogue denied them first time out. In the Championship Loser Bracket, Shane and co would square off against underperforming Aussies, Mindfreak. Despite the men from down under failing to register a single map win in the Pools, Mindfreak would down Vitality in 4.
eRa Gaming 21st – 24th
After battling through the Open Winner Bracket and outplacing their sister team, eRa Gaming struggled in the Pools, losing four out of four games. In doing so they entered the Championship Bracket in Loser Bracket 1 where they would face off against Str8 Rippin. Str8 ripped their opponents in a clean sweep to eliminate eRa Gaming in top 24.